Stepping out for organ fund

Pupils from Boroughbridge High School raising money for Ripon Cathedral Organ Appeal - from left, are Beth Young, Josh Williams, Jess Gilmour, Megan Stuchfield, Harry Revell and Lauren Morris. (110404AR1pic2)
Pupils from Boroughbridge High School raising money for Ripon Cathedral Organ Appeal - from left, are Beth Young, Josh Williams, Jess Gilmour, Megan Stuchfield, Harry Revell and Lauren Morris. (110404AR1pic2)

Boroughbridge high school students are stepping out in aid of Ripon Cathedral’s organ this Easter.

Students from the school’s Creative and Media Diploma are planning to help raise the £300,000 needed to repair the historic instrument.

They have organised a sponsored walk around Ripon’s city boundaries on Easter Monday, April 25 – and students are appealing for volunteers to join the trek.

“It’s a good cause,” said student Megan Stuchfield, “lots of people enjoy listening to the organ music, and if it’s not there for them it will be a shame.”

“If you don’t want to do the walk, you can always sponsor someone who does,” added classmate Harry Revell.

There are three different routes to choose from – ten miles, six miles, or a scenic five mile route.

The circular walk, which was originally planned for November but postponed due to heavy snow, starts at 10am from the cathedral.

Ripon Cathedral’s Campaign Manager Margaret Hammond said: “It’s really nice that the students want to help the cathedral. Let’s hope we get a lot of people along for a great day.”

The organ was built in 1878, but parts of it date from 1690. It was renovated in 1912, but now needs to be completely refurbished.

“It’s been playing up for a while,” said Mrs Hammond, “and there have been a couple of instances of it playing odd notes all the way through a service.”

The cathedral has already raised more than £200,000 towards the cost of the repairs, leaving just under £100,000 to be found.

Sponsorship forms and maps are available from the cathedral and from Boroughbridge High, for more information contact Josh Hill on 01423 323540.